Colorado Woman Discovers 8.52-Carat Diamond At Arkansas Park

| by Sean Kelly

A Colorado woman unearthed a remarkable 8.52-carat diamond at an Arkansas state park earlier this week.

Bobbie Oskarson, a Longmont, Colorado, resident, was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, on June 24 when she discovered the diamond after 20 minutes of digging. 

“It was hot and sunny at the park, but Ms. Oskarson was staying cool by searching in a tree-shaded area when she found her diamond,” park employee Waymon Cox said. 

The diamond, named the "Esperanza Diamond" after Oskarson’s niece, is the fifth largest found at the park since it was established in 1972. It is reportedly as wide as a No. 2 pencil and measures three-quarters of an inch long.

The largest diamond at the park, discovered in 1975, is 16.37 carats. 

Sources: New York Daily News, USA Today

Photo Credit: New York Daily News